Kitchen Design

4 Little Things That'll Help Make the Most of Even the Tiniest Kitchens

March 30, 2018
Photo by James Ransom

Like most New Yorkers, I'm somewhat... lacking in kitchen space. Which is to say, my kitchen is also my dining room, and I share it with two other people. So I've grown accustomed to making the most of my space, using just a little ingenuity to cram just as much as I can in it. Presented below: four basic tiny kitchen strategies you can employ with a little help from our Shop.

Stack 'Em Up!

With limited kitchen and counter space, I've become very practiced in figuring out which kitchen items can fit neatly in other, larger ones. That's why I love nesting bowls, those little kitchen teams that give you a lot to work with, but tuck themselves neatly away in a small space. These ones are great for storing and microwaving, meaning a whole lot fewer things you need to have stashed away in the first place.

Do Double Duty

It's always good to have more than one talent—especially when you're a kitchen item taking up valuable counter space. That's why this dish rack is such a delight: Its basin is removable, letting you essentially double your washing-up room.

Go High

One thing to remember in making the most of your kitchen (or any room) is that you're working with three dimensions. Hanging stuff on the wall lets it double as decor—why shouldn't your decor earn its keep, after all? One colorful solution is hanging your onions, garlic, and any other hardy, ready-for-its-closeup food on the wall when it's not in use. It's rustic, and hey, it looks darn nice.

Get a move on

Of course, there's a lotta stuff you can use in any room in your house—meaning, in other words, you can use them in the kitchen when you need them there, then banish 'em back from whence they came. This potato basket can double as a container for virtually anything—towels! toilet paper!—when it's not working in the culinary realm.

Check out more space solutions here—and happy tiny-kitchening!

Do you have a small-ish kitchen? How do you make the most of it?


Jaye B. April 4, 2018
I don't get the dish drainer. If you use the basin,, you'd have to wash all the dishes and leave them in the sink while you transfer the basin to the counter to sit under the rack. Then rinse the dishes and place them in the rack. Otherwise the rinsed dishes will drain all over the counter. Why not use the sink for washing/rinsing to begin with?
Jerech0 April 2, 2018
I like the onion and garlic baskets but their little papery pieces would litter below. The dish drainer is good for washing up your dining ware but no room for the cooking ware. Nesting bowls could double as prep bowls and mixing bowls as well as storage which is great in my tiny kitchen.
Jaye B. April 4, 2018
I agree those onion baskets would not contain the litter. I keep onions in a colander with very tiny holes and there are always pieces of onion and shallot skins on the bottom. Makes a nice rustic photo, though. :)
suzybel63 March 31, 2018
I like the dish drainer but it probably wouldn’t hold all my washed dishes, I’d have to dry as I go. I don’t have any walls for hanging, just cupboards, but I would like the hanging garlic and onion baskets if I did.